The blended whisky category has been in existence since the mid-19th century and remains the foundation of the industry. Blended Scotch is simply a mix of malt and grain whiskies. Some blends use only a limited number of malts,(The Famous Grouse uses only a dozen or so); others, many more - around 40 malts go into Johnnie Walker Black Label and ... Read More »
The blend from Royal Lochnagar, named for distillery founder John Begg. This blend is sadly departed now, with its brand name tucked away in a folder at Diageo, but this 1970s bottling looks great and still features their tagline - 'Take a peg!'
A bottling of Heather Dew dating back to the 1970s. While Coleburn, Longmorn and Glenlivet are mentioned on the label, we can't be sure how much of those distilleries' product is actually inside the bottle.
An old ceramic decanter containing Old Smuggler Blended Scotch Whisky, which we estimate dates from the 1970s. The brand was established in 1835 and named after the smugglers who worked the Scottish Islands in that era.
An old 2-litre bottling of Haig Gold label. John Haig & Co claim to be the oldest Scotch Whisky distillers in the world, and with a history dating back to at least the 17th century, they're probably not wrong. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.